My husband and I stayed here with friends back in June following a week on safari and loved it. It was their low season so was very quiet (only 10 rooms taken some nights) but great for us as we got upgraded to a beach side bungalow. The rooms were clean and spacious with a window seat with views out to the beach/ocean so even on the rainy days I could sit reading while out to sea. We could also lie in bed and watch the sunrise and watch the fishing boats sail by in the early morning. The rooms was large with a great bathroom (with separate toilet) and both air conditioning and ceiling fan. I am not sure what more you could ask for. The only thing that annoyed us was that we had to pay for the safe which I didn't agree with but had to use. The beach was lovely with rolling waves while we were there. You do get beach boys hassling you but you can just ignore them plus there is always a security guard keeping an eye open for you. One day I walked along the waters edge on my own and the security guard walked along the beach along side me to keep an eye so never felt uncomfortable. As it was quiet the Bahari Cove seafood restaurant on the beach wasn't open so can't comment on that but the food in the main restaurant was first class, again as it was quiet we had out dinners served to us (set menu but loads of choice) but the breakfast was buffet style with loads of choice plus you could have omelettes and scrabbled egg cooked fresh. All the staff were great from the restaurant and bar staff, reception, gardeners and pool and room staff who kept our rooms immaculate. Special mention to Ann in the restaurant (all the best for the new baby), David at reception, William at the bar, Gabriel at the pool and our `room boy` sorry forgotten his name. There is a water sports centre at the hotel behind Bahari Cove but we didn't use it but we did take a walk along the road to the nearest shops. There is a good, cheap gift shop about 20 minutes walk away which is well worth going to if you are looking for gifts to take home (much cheaper than on safari) but the supermarket is nearer 45 minutes walk so would recommend taking a taxi if you go there which you can book with reception. As there were four of us we felt quite safe walking long the road but we did get some hassle from locals wanted to sell us things but you'd expect that. One bit of advise take/buy mosquito spray etc. as in June the bathroom was full of them. So you are looking for somewhere to stay in Diani Beach do consider the Indian Ocean Beach Resort as it has everything you need (shame it doesn't offer all inclusive).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort is located 40 km's from Mombasa town and situated along the white sandy beaches of south coast surrounded by swaying coconut palm trees and magnificent old stoic baobabs. Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Resort comprises of 100 deluxe rooms, tastefully crafted and beautifully furnished found in white washed, 'makuti' roofed structures. The rooms, double or twin, are tastefully appointed with local hand carved furnishings and are filled with luxurious amenities; walk-in shower, separate toilet, mini-bar, direct dial telephone, hair dryer and have the convenience of both air-conditioning and a central ceiling fan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Club Hotel Diani
- Jacaranda Indian Ocean Beach Hotel
- Indian Ocean Beach Club